BFA Student Showcase and Multi-Media Student Exhibition

Fine Arts,

Lake Erie College will host its annual spring Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) student showcase and multi-media student exhibition from April 14 through the end of the semester in the B.K. Smith Gallery in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts. The opening reception for the exhibition will take place Thursday, April 14 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.

This year’s featured artists, Emily Skinner ‘16 and Sarah Escandon ‘16, will present their exhibition titled “Worlds Apart” at 6:00 p.m., which will include a live performance by Artwork by Emily SkinnerSarah Escandon. The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public, and food will be provided.

Each year, BFA students at LEC are given the opportunity to plan an exhibition, requiring completion of all curatorial and preparatory tasks such as lighting and arrangement of the artwork. The students are responsible for designing publicity materials and for planning the opening reception.             

Senior Emily Skinner is set to graduate in May with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in integrated media, digital art and technology. For her senior thesis project, she chose to experiment with symbolism in animals by creating a “bestiary” – a dictionary for myths and monsters.

“Over the past few months I’ve been really observing the people around me and watching their body language,” she said. “I decided to turn these observations into creatures based off their personalities.”  Artwork by Sarah Escandon

Senior Sarah Escandon is on track to graduate in May as well with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in integrated media, digital art and technology. For her senior thesis project, Escandon decided to investigate the question of not being able to communicate with someone.

“I had the thought one day, ‘If you could not speak, what would you speak for?’” she said. As she played around with the idea in both realistic and hypothetical scenarios, Escandon ultimately decided to create a storyline in which the protagonist was dead.

In addition to Skinner’s and Escandon’s work, the exhibition will include drawings, paintings, 3D works, ceramics, photography and sculptures from other LEC art students.

Visitors are encouraged to attend the opening reception on April 14 to hear the artists speak more in depth about their projects. For more information about the BFA student exhibition at Lake Erie College, contact Associate Professor of Integrated Media Steven Gutierrez at 440.375.7459 or

©Animal artwork by Emily Skinner
©Bird artwork by Sarah Escandon
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